Emma Viskic is an award-winning Australian author. Her Caleb Zelic series has been published worldwide to popular and critical success. Emma’s debut novel, Resurrection Bay, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut and an unprecedented three Davitt Awards. It was shortlisted for two CWA Daggers in the UK and voted one of the decade’s best Crime novels by the UK’s Crime Time Magazine. Its sequels And Fire Came Down, Darkness For Light, and Those Who Perish, won a further two Davitt Awards, and cemented her reputation as one of Australia’s most talented contemporary writers.
Emma consulted extensively with people in the D/deaf communities to create the character of Caleb, who is profoundly deaf. She learnt Australian sign language (Auslan) and continues to enjoy studying the language. Her attempts to learn to lipread were a dismal failure.
Born in Melbourne, Emma made a name for herself as a classical clarinettist before becoming a novelist. She studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia and the Rotterdam Conservatorium in The Netherlands. Her musical career ranged from performing with José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to playing at an engagement party that ended in a brawl.